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Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 1

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Musically speaking, the 1980s is a decade that's often unfairly slagged. Many terrific pop singles were released, and compilations are great places to find the best ones. 1994's The Greatest Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1 is a budget-priced collection featuring ten Top Ten hits, five of which hit number one: Christopher Cross' "Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)," Bonnie Tyler's seven-minute "Total Eclipse of the Heart," Toto's "Africa," Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," and John Waite's "Missing You." Three other notables are the Motels' underrated "Suddenly Last Summer," a quietly percolating song dominated by the sexy, throaty vocals of Martha Davis, the Alan Parsons Project's smooth "Eye in the Sky," and Quarterflash's outstanding pop/rock gem "Harden My Heart." The Greatest Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1 is fun, and it's a bargain to boot.

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